INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the grassroots organization opposing the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), today announced a legislative solution to protect all LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination.
The RFRA, the first of its kind to be enacted following the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, has sparked statewide and national backlash from business executives, athletes, celebrities and others as Indianapolis prepares to host the Final Four next weekend.
On Sunday, Gov. Mike Pence refused to respond to repeated questions from a national political reporter about whether LGBT Hoosiers should be protected under Indiana law.
“Governor Pence can’t answer the question, but we can,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair. “It’s clear the RFRA, which has attracted so much local and national attention, is doing considerable damage to our state. Freedom Indiana is ready with a proactive legislative solution that will demonstrate our commitment to fair treatment for all and send the message that we’re open for business. We urge the General Assembly to act quickly and pass this into law.”
The “Fairness for All Hoosiers Act” legislative proposal would:
- Update the state laws against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers.
- Clarify that the recently enacted RFRA cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.
“If we don’t act now, we will continue to do irreparable harm to Indiana’s economy and our ability to attract top talent and jobs to our state,” Blair said. “We’re presenting this solution as a way to start rebuilding our reputation and to move on from this harmful legislation by ensuring protections for all Hoosiers.”
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